Thursday, August 21, 2008

Parable of the Cactus Flower



About 6 years ago, Brad found this funky thing growing in a corner of our backyard. (Did you know that wild cactus grows in the Northeast? Neither did I.) Well, instead of hacking at her with a garden spade (as I would've done) or casually throwing her away, he dug her up gently and gave her a little pot home. He watched her and watered her and even brought her along when we got a new backyard. He brings her inside every winter and has upgraded her living accomodations several times.


Although I have tried to get rid of this thorny sister and although several children have, unfortunately, needed duct tape to remove her tiny spines from tender fingers, my husband is loyal to his prickly princess.

And I think she likes him too.

Just look at the bloom she offered up this spring.

Eighteen years ago, I put my life in the hands of this green-thumbed gardener. He loves me in spite of my prickly days and brings me in from the cold. He sees beauty instead of coarseness and waits patiently for me to bloom.


Happy Anniversary, Babe!

22 comments:

Christie said...

Eighteen years? WOW. Congrats on a happy life. You got a good one, there sista.

Lindsey said...

I love that! I would have hacked away at that thing too, but the other day I saw my neighbors cactus blooming and it WAS a beautiful thing... Have a Beautiful Anniversary!

Kara Jayne said...

What a sweet way to say it all. Happy Anniversary! I must say I am partial to cactus flowers. It took me a while, but I'm really starting to appreciate desert beauty.

Cathy said...

How so very beautiful! Even roses have thorns, what you came up with is so special!

Jenibelle said...

Love the perm. What a sweet parable, Congratulations!!!

♥Shally said...

I needed that info about the duct tape-- Jaxon gets stuck ALL the time. (You think he'd learn...)

ANYWAY- Happy anniversary!

Hazen5 said...

I love that Parable! Congrats on 18 happy years together. My mom would die to have that cactus!

Clair said...

Congrats on your Anniversary! The end of your parable gave me that goosebumpy feeling.

Bridget said...

Wow, 18 years! Happy anniversary. That was a great parable.

Dancin Queen said...

Happy Anniversary! Today's mine too (12). Have a wonderful day!!!

Jeanelle said...

That was so sweet! Happy, happy day!

andrea said...

maybe you guys should renew your vows and you can make a big-girl-bloom a'la paige and nor, and wear it in your hair. of course, you'll have to cut it off the cactus, and that might make your husband angry, thus negating the happies from the vow renewal.

me and my dumb ideas.

Jessica said...

Unless the cactus is also incredibly creative and an awesome writer, I'm failing to see the connection.

Happy Anniversary. 18 years is certainly something to super proud of!

Melissa-Mc said...

Happy Anniversary! But you are WAY prettier than the cactus :)

TravelinOma said...

The wedding was lovely, but the marriage has been even more beautiful. You both know how to keep it blooming!

Annie said...

Great parable. Happy Anniversary! We've been married 18 too. I keep forgetting I'm not a "young married" anymore :)

Lauren in GA said...

I love your writing. "Upgraded her living accomodations several times." So wonderfully written.

That made me cry. It was just beautiful.

Happy Anniversary

Mique (as in M-i-c-k-e-y) said...

Hey there- long time no comment (from me)- sorry about that. Happy Happy Anniversary- I believe it's today (22nd), same as mine, no?
I obviously don't know both of you in person but you seem made for each other.
Again, fabulous writing.

Celia Fae said...

18 years. Wow. Did you get married when you were 16 like me?

It just gets better and better, huh? Remember thinking that old people were so boring? That's us, now.

Lorena said...

What a sweet way to say, "Happy Anniversary!" Now I have to get creative.

Tristan said...

Happy Anniversary!! Love the wedding photo!

Marci said...

You have such a way with words. Amazing! And I am sure Brad would put you more in the flower category than the cactus. He is lucky to have you!

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